Rodriguez stepped in for Gordon Ryan, as Ryan withdrew from competition due to illness. Nevertheless, Rodriguez appeared to be in spectacular form; working on Body Lock passing for most of the match.
However, Pena was successful in countering Rodriguez’s pressure; as he almost hit several sweeps and almost took his back.
Felipe Pena accused Nicky Rod of greasing, calling the referee, who paused the match to wipe down both competitors.
Then, in the closing minutes of the match, Rodriguez went for a Leg Lock. But Pena escaped and almost took the back again.
In the end and after the full 30 minutes of action, Pena earned the decision victory.
The same greasing accusation happened at the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 3, where Gordon Ryan defeated Nick Rodriguez.
In the post fight press conference, Ryan was explaining how hard it was for him to get a hold of Rodriguez:
“The moment he started sweating, he definitely was lotioned and the lotion came out. I couldn’t get a hold of him. He was so slippery.”
In this video, Gordon Ryan explains the exact greasing method used by grapplers and how to stop it from happening: